Sunday, November 28, 1999

Taking Action

Any individual actions you take may not lead directly to the results you are seeking. Sometimes we are not even sure what it is we want and are acting towards. But taking action creates “intent” and we can more strongly define our intentions when we act.

For instance, you might want more reserves (money, time, love, space) or a new job. Expressing that desire is a start, but taking action, any action, is even better. The thing is, expressing the desire is still a “head” activity. And quite frankly, your head can interfere. It will slow you down by presenting you with options, alternatives, and doubts. And this all takes energy. Get out of your head and let your body take over through action. Trust your body, it really does know you very well.

Do you need a well-defined set of steps? No. You can begin by doing just one or two things that put into action your intention. You might start putting a small amount a week into a savings account or buy a years supply of stamps, toilet paper, food staples, etc. Perhaps you will buff up your resume or print some business cards with your new job title. These steps will put you in action and that's the point. Now, as you begin taking action, let go of the goal. Develop an interest in your actions only. Focus your awareness on your movements. Do not judge your actions. Simply notice your actions and observe. Occasionally check for results, but forget yourself and the goal. Don't get caught up trying too hard to reach the goal. It has served its purpose, to get you started. Now that you are moving, the goal can be very limiting. Be open to the messages you get from your actions and you may find something even better along the way.

Learning is movement from moment to moment. ~J. Krisnamurti

Stop thinking and talking about it and there is nothing you will not be able to know. ~Zen paradigm

I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues. ~Duke Ellington